Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 15 October 2023 Sunday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1818" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2023 after 13 days on 28 October 2023 at 20:24.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 17:55 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 294 of Meeus index or 1247 from Brown series.
29 days, 15 hours and 32 minutes is the length of new lunation 294. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes longer than next lunation 295 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 15 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠232.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠269.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
5 days after point of apogee on 10 October 2023 at 03:41 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 October 2023 at 02:53 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 394 313 km (245 015 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 873 km (226 722 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♎ Libra at 01:11 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet ascending node on 28 October 2023 at 03:14 in ♈ Aries.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 5 October 2023 at 20:31 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.294°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.305° in the next southern standstill on 20 October 2023 at 09:19 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.